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MCT: Thursday, December 27, 2018

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GEORGE HOLLISTER WRITES: Re: “Making matters worse, the major budget information gaps, which we have previously covered in detail, continue to be unaddressed beyond vague savings associated with the magic and unmanaged, unestimated ‘vacancy rate’.”

I was thinking, which many find dubious and dangerous, that the county needs to hire a budget specialist. Give that person a fancy name like CFO. The CEO needs to agree to hiring this person, and be this person’s boss. I don’t believe, the budget questions Mark Scaramella has brought to our attention can be answered by anyone in County government. I suspect the same can be said for some of our County departments as well.

Knowing the budget is so fundamental. Knowing where money is coming from, where it is going, how it is being spent is, and how much we have or don’t have is needed in order to manage, provide oversight, and to set policy priorities. A county CFO should be able to answer the questions Mark Scaramella has, and be of great assistance to the CEO and the county Board of Supervisors.

I know, “it’ll cost too much”. I say BS to that. How much is it costing us being blind?

MARK SCARAMELLA REPLIES: The County already has all the budget staff they need. They are competent enough and do not cost any more than what we now pay. What’s lacking is a mentality to present the budget info in a useful way so that it can be properly understood and used effectively to make policy and decisions. As long as Official Mendo settles for disorganized numbers instead of information, they’ll continue to be blindsided every time a budget problem arises. When the local AV Fire Department first absorbed the non-profit Ambulance Service last year there were major budget questions which had not been raised before because the pre-Fire Department Ambulance Service had enough donations to cover their occasional shortfalls without going into the red. When the CSD’s budget committee (which I’m on) first saw it, there didn’t seem to be any way that the revenues could cover the expenses. Not only that but payments for services were months late, and not reliable or predictable. (We’re talking a budget of less than $100k here.) At my urging (and some, ahem, negativity) we came up with a reasonable (if still imperfect) way to track costs against budget while building up some reserves. We also track types of responses, insurance categories, payment rates, other revenue sources, personnel (mostly volunteers) and expenses (including the ridiculously overpriced Narcan and EpiPens) on a monthly basis. After a year things are starting to stabilize, but it’s still a tightrope walk. But without this kind of attention, the ambulance risks going into a deficit and planning for future staff and equipment costs is essentially just guesswork. This kind of monthly oversight is clearly called for in each county department, but nobody at the County level seems able to even bring it up, despite having existing staff and core data that could be used to do it. It’s not rocket science. The only reason I can think of that they don’t do it is: they don’t want to know. Because if they knew, they’d have to make decisions and they prefer to leave those decisions to staff, even though in many cases staff doesn’t have the information needed to do it either. Like the pre-Fire Department ambulance service, it limps along ok until bumps (or recessions) come along and then everybody has to wing it. Most amazing is the total non-accountability of the tens of millions of Mental health contract dollars. But that’s a topic for another day. (Or the Grand Jury?)

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HOMELESS IN SOHUM, an on-line comment:

Homeless folks are the bane of SoHum. Them and dope dealers!

In San Francisco, the Tech Industry is taxed at a higher rate and the proceeds are used to support the thousands of persons who can no longer afford to live in SF, and those persons who ended up homeless, due to whatever personal drama.

SoHum dope farms, where millionaires live, but don’t winter, should also have a tax to support the detritus and fallout of the drug-dealing industry!

An income based tax on pot farming profits, say 15-20%, should help to support the indigent, who currently camp in the Redwood Forests around Redway, and down by the river, outside Garberville.

It is estimated, that the average homeless person, is responsible for the expenditure of $100,000/year in public services, welfare, general assistance, medicare etc. It seems only fair that the main contributors to the problem, dope growers, should foot the bill for the human wrecks that dope dealing produces.

Bleeding heart, but also, lame, do-gooders, like Ordonez, who also serves on the board at SoHum health, have apparently had it with the chronic homeless around Garberville/Redway, and now, with all the Motels full of permanent residents who also have nowhere else to go, there is no physical location to temporarily house anyone at all! (SoHum Health is another example of an organization where they talk about serving the public, but back away from it, again and again.)

SoHum, where the few tend to control the many, is a good example of the attitudes which are exhibited by the homeless themselves! The homeless have the attitude that the population of the community should just see to their needs, give them a place to shelter, but allow dogs and smoking, showers, etc. Everyone wants something, but nobody has perspective, sensibility, or a sense of responsibility, personal or community!

In SF, they passed a tax. In SoHum, a tax will also be necessary, and, someone will have to contribute a space, or a good location, to accommodate the highly valuable section of society discussed here, since no church or public agency wants the responsibility or the exposure attendant with operating a homeless shelter.

Until the dope dealers are held responsible for the social costs of using their products, this never ending problem without a solution, will continue. Taxing all Cannabis Industry Operations to support the homeless is an idea whose time has arrived, in SoHum, and elsewhere…

Or, just hand the homeless person a bus ticket to Mexicali. That will work!

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A FEW STATEMENTS of the obvious as the year's disasters wind down and the new year begins with, as realists might say, "cautious optimism" bordering on dark pessimism. Things are precarious enough without Admiral Trump careening around in the wheelhouse like a 4am drunk, but unless the Democrats suddenly go democratic the many rolling catastrophes will continue to gain momentum.

THE STATE LEGISLATURE, dominated by Democrats, is promising to waive community college fees, at least for the first two years. Free is what community colleges used to be. California's state and university systems, too. When I was a kid — wait! please don't run away! — if you could read and write well enough, and had mastered a few basic math procedures coming out of high school, you could enroll at UC Berkeley or any other tax-funded institution of higher learning. The idea was that higher learning made capitalism work better, what with a steady supply of capable cogs at key levers. Lately, though, the community colleges make up, or try to make up, what used to be mastered at the high school level. But that's an important function. If young people are to defend themselves in the world they're stepping into they'll need all the education, self or imposed, they can get.

ARE FRENCH-STYLE mass demonstrations over the ever-rising cost of living likely in the United States? A bunch of us — various shades of lib-lab, heavier on labs — were arguing about it. I took an optimistic stance, citing the brief but hopeful Occupy Movement as an example of how fast Americans can mobilize when a brilliant slogan causes a mass light bulb to snap on in the national skull. I think millions of otherwise despairing Americans were compelled by the Occupy demonstrations to think in self-preserving social class terms, exactly the kind of thinking the oligarchy discourages through its K-12 educational processes and its mass media. A Frenchman knows exactly where he is on the social totem pole and he fights to advance his interests, hence the weekend riots lately everywhere in that country. The American either fears the rich or wants to be like them.

JUST WHEN you might have thought it was impossible to add to the prevalent decadence, "Northern California's first dog exhibition kitchen, JustFoodForDogs, is now open at Town Center, Corte Madera. Fit for human consumption but nutritionally balanced for dogs."

PG&E, in its beginnings, was kinda organized as a public benefit utility, although it quickly became the gigantic, corporate-structured, for-profit, pyro-beast California's power-dependent consumers suffer today. The Public Utilities Commission, to say the least, does not protect PG&E's customers and, it seems, has begun to burn large numbers of us out of our homes. (PG&E is consensus-responsible for 17 of last summer's fires.)

CUE UP the laff track just in case nothing happens, but PUC president Michael Picker has recently announced three options for a revamp of PG&E: (1) Shuffling the people presently at the top of PG&E's power structure; (2) regional subsidiaries; (3) at last become a publicly-owned utility, with PG&E only providing power distribution generated by other entities. Option 3 is best, but only if the present organization of the monopoly is dismantled and unbeholden public commissioners appointed to oversee the apparatus.

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(KZYX, Monday night, Christmas Eve, 7pm, hosted by W.Dan.)

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CATCH OF THE DAY, Dec. 26, 2018

Bauer, Delgado, Denney, Herrera

ETHAN BAUER, Crescent City/Willits. Forgery, mail theft, felon with firearm, stolen property.

JOHNY DELGADO, Fort Bragg. Community supervision violation.

JOSHUA DENNEY, Laytonville. Stolen property, conspiracy.

LAURA HERRERA, Talmage. Disobeying court order.

Kostick, Long, Maynard, Pimentel

JEFFREY KOSTICK, Fort Bragg. Probation revocation. (Frequent flyer.)

LINDA LONG, Manchester. DUI.

ANDREW MAYNARD, Fort Bragg. Disorderly conduct-alcohol.

WILLIAM PIMENTEL, Nice. Controlled substance, stolen property.

Quinnan, Smart, Torres

CASEY QUINNAN, Fort Bragg. Disorderly conduct-alcohol.

SETH SMART, Willits. Paraphernalia, felon with firearm, stolen vehicle, conspiracy.

CHRISTINA TORRES, Ukiah. Disobeying court order, probation revocation.

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by Alexander Cockburn (January 4, 2000)

Let’s pause a moment before we head for the exits. I’m talking about the spectacular, the ludicrous, the humiliating and uproarious discomfiture of the Y2K doomsayers. How deliciously wrong they were! We’re dealing here with one of the biggest busts since the Edsel.

Are there lessons to be drawn from the fiasco? I suppose the core phenomenon to be looked at is the propensity of the richest, most secure nation in the history of the planet to believe that collapse, utter and awful, is just around the next corner.

This mental outlook is understandable in, say, Poland, which has been invaded and ravaged not a few times in this century. And there are some ethnic fractions here — Hmong, for example — who could be pardoned for having an apprehensive take on the future. But the Hmong weren’t buying all those generators, or laying in enough canned food and bottled water to last through the rest of this century.

Driving by Costco right before New Year’s I saw a couple staggering towards their truck with a pallet load of toilet paper. Few things agitate the American soul more sharply than the possibility of a shortage in this vital commodity. It’s up there with oil and electrical generating capacity. At least one of my Petrolia neighbors — a lawyer invested heavily in gold stocks under the supposition that a) the Arabs wouldn’t have fixed their computers, and so b) there’d be an oil shortage, with c) a rapid decline in living standards, morals, the rule of law and thus d) the collapse of capitalism, requiring e) gold as the only fungible medium of exchange.

I suppose that this profound apprehension is the price tag — a modest one to be sure — that comes with being top dog on the block.

Back at the turn of the 19th century the British had similar worries, and spun endless fantasies about the precise way in which everything would collapse. In l903, a huge bestseller in the UK was a book called When It Was Dark, by Guy Thorne. His particular version of Y2K horror was a fantasy about what would happen if it were shown that Christ never rose from the dead. By means too complex to describe here, the villain engineers a fake archaeological discovery throwing doubt on the Resurrection. Here’s what happens then:

“We find wave after wave of lawlessness and fierce riot passing over the country such as it has never known before — the Irish and the Italians robbing and murdering Protestants and Jews, fathers and mothers treated with contempt by youth, maidens are spat upon and cursed by a degraded populace and assailed with eager sarcasm by the polite and cultured…”

Thorne visits one emblem of collapse after another, and reaches his climax: “The terrible seriousness of the situation need hardly be further insisted on here, Its reality cannot be more vividly indicated than by the statement of a single fact: THE STOCK MARKET IS DOWN TO 65!”

At least here the apprehension derived its strength from a collapse in religious belief. Today I can respect millenarians and indeed fundamentalist Christians who awaited the Rapture.

This same expectation is part of the eschatology of their faith. But the fear that prompted my atheist lawyer-neighbor to buy gold, gasoline, canned goods and toilet paper had nothing to do with the Rapture. He was seized, like many others, with an entirely irrational panic: that technology would fail.

Being an optimist myself, back in September I pondered how best to honor the new millennium and decided to commission works of art, to be placed on the steep, wooded hill behind my house. This plan allowed me to approach Elizabeth Berrian, an artist living in Eureka who makes wire animals. Back in the l840s an early settler in the Mattole Valley where I live reported in his journal that from a hilltop he could espy no less than thirty specimens of Ursus arctos horribilis, aka Ursus ferox — grizzlies to you and me — grubbing about looking for berries and bugs, or hunkered down on the edge of the Mattole, scooping up salmon. We still have mountain lions and brown bears, but the grizzly is long gone, so I commissioned Berrian to weave out of aluminum stainless wire a 9-foot grizzly, destined to haunt my hill.

In the months that followed Ursus, hanging from a pulley in the barn where Berrian works, gradually grew in size to his present majestic nine feet and on December 30 I drove up to Eureka in my truck to pick him up. We tied him on his back to the lumber rack and I headed for home in the darkness.

Halfway up a mountain grade all power in the 68 Dodge truck failed. No lights. No power. No emergency brake. Low compression so the gears wouldn’t hold me. Take my foot off the brake pedal and either I’d roll back to the right and drop off the edge or roll back to the left and drop into a ditch at the base of the cliff. Stay put and some homeward bound logging truck would plow straight through me. Ursus and I waited for the end. And it wasn’t even Y2K yet.

The rancher in the mighty 350 Ford pick-up didn’t hit me. He had a chain and pulled me to a safe spot, handing me his cellphone. The AAA dispatcher 300 miles south in Petaluma patched me through to Jerry, who runs the local breakdown service at Tipple Motors in Ferndale. I told him I had a wire grizzly on my rack and if necessary he should pull me 50 miles home to Petrolia, almost a freebie on my triple A-plus card, one of the greatest bargains in America.

In the end Jerry fixed the truck and Ursus and I puttered south under the stars. The next day Jerry called and said he’d had a call from the AAA office in Petaluma, wanting a photo of “the wild grizzly” reported by the night dispatcher as having been tied to a truck up in Humboldt. On New Year’s Day we unveiled Ursus before an admiring crowd of Petrolians, and now he’s up on my hillside, a ghostly intimation of the past that we should honor more, while simultaneously fearing the future less.

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by Norman Solomon

Well-informed public discussion is a major hazard for Democratic Party elites now eager to prevent Bernie Sanders from winning the 2020 presidential nomination. A clear focus on key issues can bring to light the big political differences between Sanders and the party’s corporate-friendly candidates. One way to muddy the waters is to condemn people for pointing out facts that make those candidates look bad.

National polling shows that the U.S. public strongly favors bold policy proposals that Sanders has been championing for a long time. On issues ranging from climate change to Medicare for All to tuition-free public college to Wall Street power, the party’s base has been moving leftward, largely propelled by an upsurge of engagement from progressive young people. This momentum is a threat to the forces accustomed to dominating the Democratic Party.

In recent weeks, Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke has become a lightning rod in a gathering political storm -- largely because of the vast hype about him from mass media and Democratic power brokers. At such times, when spin goes into overdrive, we need incisive factual information. Investigative journalist David Sirota provided it in a deeply researched Dec. 20 article, which The Guardian published under the headline “Beto O’Rourke Frequently Voted for Republican Legislation, Analysis Reveals.”

Originating from the nonprofit Capital & Main news organization, the piece reported that “even as O’Rourke represented one of the most solidly Democratic congressional districts in the United States, he has frequently voted against the majority of House Democrats in support of Republican bills and Trump administration priorities.”

Progressives have good reasons to like some of O’Rourke’s positions. But Sirota’s reporting drilled down into his voting record, reviewing “the 167 votes O’Rourke has cast in the House in opposition to the majority of his own party during his six-year tenure in Congress. Many of those votes were not progressive dissents alongside other left-leaning lawmakers, but instead votes to help pass Republican-sponsored legislation.”

But it’s better to learn revealing political facts sooner rather than later. Thanks to Sirota’s coverage, for instance, we now know “O’Rourke has voted for GOP bills that his fellow Democratic lawmakers said reinforced Republicans’ anti-tax ideology, chipped away at the Affordable Care Act (ACA), weakened Wall Street regulations, boosted the fossil fuel industry and bolstered Donald Trump’s immigration policy.”

The backlash to Sirota’s news article was in keeping with a tweet two weeks earlier from Neera Tanden, the president of the influential and lavishly funded Center for American Progress, who has long been a major ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton. On Dec. 6, Tanden went over-the-top in response to a tweet from Sirota simply mentioning the fact that O’Rourke “is the #2 recipient of oil/gas industry campaign cash in the entire Congress.”

Tanden lashed out via Twitter, writing: “Oh look. A supporter of Bernie Sanders attacking a Democrat. This is seriously dangerous. We know Trump is in the White House and attacking Dems is doing Trump’s bidding. I hope Senator Sanders repudiates these attacks in 2019.”

Such calculated nonsense indicates just how panicky some powerful corporate Democrats are about Bernie’s likely presidential campaign -- and just how anxious they are to protect corporate-oriented candidates from public scrutiny. The quest is to smother meaningful discussions of vital issues that should be center stage during the presidential campaign.

Corporate Democrats are gearing up to equate principled, fact-based critiques of their favored candidates with -- in Tanden’s words -- “seriously dangerous” attacks that are “doing Trump’s bidding.” Such demagogic rhetoric should be thrown in the political trash cans where it belongs.

This is not only about Beto O’Rourke -- it’s about the parade of Democratic contenders lined up to run for president. Should the candidates that mass media and party elites put forward as “progressive” be quickly embraced or carefully scrutinized? The question must be asked and answered.

(Norman Solomon is co-founder and national coordinator of He is the author of a dozen books including "War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.")

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State of California Franchise Tax Board Extortion

Several years ago I received an inheritance when my father left the earth plane at the age of 92. Mechanics Bank in Berkeley, CA located an appropriate tax accountant for me online. After wrangling over the amounts, we reached an agreement with both the IRS and California State Franchise Tax Board, and I paid in full the taxes owed. I received letters acknowledging payment. The following year, I received a message from the California State Franchise Tax Board. They informed me that whereas I had reported a significant amount of income the previous year, they assumed that I must have income the following year, and thus took the liberty of calculating how much I owed in taxes! The Berkeley tax accountant telephoned them to say that their bill to me was based on nothing of substance, that I owed nothing, and that their policy was tantamount to state sponsored extortion. I complained to the Berkeley Mechanics Bank branch manager, because the letter threatened to enjoin my bank account. The branch manager said that it was unlikely that they would do this, but if they did, he would have no choice but to comply since it would be "a legal process", and Mechanics Bank would charge me a $100 fee. I suggested that he report this to the FBI for investigation, to begin the legal process of returning the money of every California citizen who inappropriately sent in money that was not owed, due to being pressured irrationally. In January 2018 I moved to Honolulu, Hawaii. Today, Christmas 2018, I checked my post office box for mail. In my post office box was a letter from the California State Franchise Tax Board demanding payment of the amount that they had somehow calculated out of thin air years ago. I have no idea whatsoever how they obtained my Honolulu post office box number. I have sent their letter to the Berkeley accountant with a demand to "Do something about this insanity!" California residents need to be informed that the California State Franchise Tax Board is engaged in what amounts to state sponsored extortion. And if you move out of the state, they will follow you

Craig Louis Stehr


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When I was growing up my mother came up with a lot of true sayings:

  • People are dumb as a box of rocks, so you can’t plan for stupid.
  • You don’t dress to impress. You dress to show your respect to others.
  • The fastest way to failure is to claim you are a victim of some accident of life.
  • Life’s not fair. Get over it and move on.
  • Don’t let your career find you. You find what you were made to do.
  • Knowledge comes from school. Maturity sometimes comes with age. Wisdom comes from the Bible.
  • Something worth doing is seldom easy.
  • If you give a hobo (homeless of the time) a quarter you guarantee one thing. He will be back for another quarter.
  • Most people want to feel good, so they vote with their hearts not their brains.

I added: Your logic can be perfect, but your facts could be wrong.

Growing up in Redding we couldn’t ride horses in the field until the first rain because a spark from the horseshoe might start a fire. We could only ride on the dirt road in the summer. Not fun.

This year I saw someone mowing tall dry grass with a power mower in July. I thought about the box of rocks.

Bob Seyms

Santa Rosa

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As I get older I have increasing problems dealing with complexity. I believe the same is true for most elderly people. The population generally is aging. So why do they keep making health insurance more and more complex? Do we really need to have the choice of 50 slightly differing plans? I just sent in an application for medicaid for my wife – a 3 inch thick sheaf of paperwork that cost me 4 days of work to find and photocopy. Computers have made it possible for government and corporations to make everything mind-numbingly complex and totally beyond understanding. At the same time, computer makers and programmers can’t standardize the simplest things. As was mentioned above, you can’t call a business and talk to a person without spending 15 minutes wading through a phone tree, and if you do they are in India reading off a script and you can’t understand them or get a useful answer. But at the same time, every telemarketer and robocaller on the planet can call you continually even though you have a cell and are also on the do not call list. Leading to the present situation where I seldom answer my phone unless the person is on my call list and their name pops up. Unfortunately, corporate callers like in health care are always calling from different numbers, so I miss a number of important calls. The lack of interest by phone companies and governments about doing anything at all about this situation is making telephones totally useless. If I wasn’t married I likely wouldn’t even own one.

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Beautiful day for a walk outside!

This is a great time of year to make a pact with yourself to get outside more. We are lucky to have this rare mild climate that allows for so many stunning plants and animals to thrive on our area of the coast. Consider becoming a member of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and add some beauty to your new year! All levels of membership include: - Free admission to the Gardens, year-round (special events require additional admission)

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Bloom Seasons at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens!

February, March, April

Rhododendrons, camellias, daffodils, magnolias, flowering cherry, and Pacific Coast Iris

May, June, July

Rhododendrons, heritage roses, perennials, succulents and cacti, lilies, heaths, summer heathers, coastal and forest wildflowers

August, September, October

Dahlias, heritage roses, heathers, begonias, fuchsias, hydrangeas, perennials at their peak bloom

November, December, January

Late perennials, winter heaths and heathers, camellias, magnolias, azaleas, early rhododendrons, grevilleas, and wild mushrooms

All year long

Organic vegetables, quiet forests, fern canyons, rare conifers, stunningocean views from the Cliff House, spring and fall bird migrations, whale watching with peak migration in the winter and spring.

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This Saturday, December 29th is the 11th annual Garcia Guild/Manchester Community Center crab feed. Again this year, Sheriff Tom Allman will be the live auctioneer. There is also a wonderful silent auction and the always popular dessert auction. Our guest chef is the wonderful Lynn Derrick from Queenie's Roadhouse Cafe in Elk. Lynn has graciously agreed to prepare her famous award winning chowder along with her secret ingredient salad dressing. Lynn helps at so many special dinners for organizations up and down the coast …. thank you some much Lynn (aka Queenie). Advanced tickets are $40 and tickets at the door are $5 more or $45. For advanced tickets or for more information about the crab feed call (707) 882-1750.

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  1. Craig Stehr December 27, 2018

    Please know that I am receiving responses from my message informing all of the harassment I’ve received from the California State Franchise Tax Board. I have suggested to Berkeley’s Mechanics Bank that it team up with the accountant who originally filed for me, and sue the State of California for harassing me for over four years to collect money on income which never happened (and the accountant telephoned them three times with myself present, informing them of the absurdity of their behavior). And then, they somehow got my Hawaiian po box address and now are sending the threatening messages to Honolulu. Do they expect me to send a check for tax payment on income that never happened, from Hawaii? FUCK YOU CALIFORNIA STATE FRANCHISE TAX BOARD! Signed, Craig Louis Stehr

  2. George Hollister December 27, 2018

    Mark Scaramella: “The only reason I can think of that they don’t do it is: they don’t want to know. Because if they knew, they’d have to make decisions and they prefer to leave those decisions to staff, even though in many cases staff doesn’t have the information needed to do it either.”

    The “they” is us. We don’t want to know, and don’t care, either. Most of that money is not our money, and as long as it keeps flowing in, what difference does it make? We are hogs, with our heads down, feeding at the trough. Good luck trying to change that. Try running for supervisor on a platform of good governance, and physical responsibility.

    The free money will not go on forever. When it ends, we hogs will spend sometime blaming, and eating each other. That’ll be interesting. Meanwhile, out of control government is the reality.

  3. Harvey Reading December 27, 2018

    Junior colleges were always two-year colleges. Has that changed? They gave Associate of Arts degrees to their graduates and were great, inexpensive places to pick up lower division units before transferring to a 4-year college to complete a bachelor (or higher) degree. They were never free, but a person could enroll for a semester for a total of $35 plus books in the early 70s. That $35 included a parking permit, too, at Santa Rosa Junior College.

    The California legislature should make all state colleges, junior and “senior”, as well as the UC System completely free, including books, meals, and housing. The California Master Plan for Higher Education, or whatever it was called, was a major achievement, but Regan and the legislature flushed it down the toilet in the late 60s and early 70s, an example of right-wing, ruling class stupidity and glossed-over racism.

    The ruling class should be deported en masse, with their money and other property confiscated to fund programs for the Working Class. They need US more than we need THEM. Enough is enough.

    • George Hollister December 27, 2018

      The problem is accountability. Most college degrees are worthless, and the knowledge can be gained, for much less, on line. So who benefits from “free” college? Of course it’s not really free, it is just someone else’s money. Who benefits is not students, but the higher education establishment. Like all of those benefiting from someone else’s money, while they feed at the trough, there are no limits on how much get’s spent, and of course it’s, “all for the kids”. Does that song sound familiar?

      Junior colleges are currently affordable, and should be expanded, or contracted to serve local needs.

      • Harvey Reading December 27, 2018

        I don’t buy what you peddle, George. It’s just more ruling class propaganda that you repeat. Just like their carefully articulated and coded racism, along with their “timeless values” and so-called codes a honor. Your song is boringly familiar, and bursting with untruths. You first empty sentence says it all: a vague statement with no substance. Most living-wage jobs require at least a 4-year college degree. This is the 21st Century. Not the 19th.

        • George Hollister December 27, 2018

          So we have student loan debt of $1.5 trillion right now. The problem here is the jobs available for most of those with this debt don’t cover the cost. So “free” college means the $1.5 trillion is transferred over to the “taxpayer”, or to government debt. The quality of degrees stays the same at best. The higher education establishment get’s theirs, everyone else get’s the shaft. Meanwhile, young people going directly into the trades, junior college or not, are doing well, with no student loan debt, and great futures.

          • Harvey Reading December 27, 2018

            More BS, George. Just more of your propaganda to give young people false hope (remember your brag not so long ago of $13/hr. being a great wage?). The problem is that you sympathizers with the wealthy (idiot conservatives in general, especially Working Class traitors) support the goal of making slaves of us. There aren’t enough of your so-called trades jobs to employ the workforce. Those kids need degrees, in computer science, for instance, or physics, the life sciences, etc. to cope with 21st Century jobs reality. What they do not need is peddlers of mythology, those living in the past, and brainwashing propagandists, like you, giving them false hope for dead-end jobs that do NOT exist. And, in case you haven’t noticed, the higher ed “establishment” as you call it has been downgraded to a collection of adjuncts, with no future, no tenure, and temporary annual contracts that pay less than a living wage, with NO benefits. Just what the ruling class, and its supporters want.

            • james marmon December 27, 2018

              I finally figured out who Harv hates the most, it’s the white working class.

              Why working class Americans voted with their middle finger

              “Making an admirable and research-driven effort to see things from the point of view of her subject, author Williams unpacks exactly how the white working class (WWC) viewed the election, and how their history-making choice made a lot of sense given their concerns.

              The WWC is plagued by crisis within and without — household income in this group has been all but stagnant for 40 years. The mortality rate for whites 45 to 54 years old with no more than a high-school education has increased by 134 deaths per 100,000 people from 1999 to 2014. Opioids arrived and factories left. Democrats at best didn’t seem to notice; at worst they seemed to be causing misery by supporting NAFTA and mass immigration that drives down wages while imposing environmental policies meant to crush carbon-intensive industries. Then they mocked their victims as rednecks on the wrong side of history.”


              • Harvey Reading December 27, 2018

                James, as is commonplace for you, you “figure” dead wrong.

                The crisis plaguing the Working Class began with passage of Taft-Hartley (by republicans, over Truman’s veto), followed by failure to this day of the despicable democrats to repeal it. By the beginning of the 70s, Working Class people had fallen for the false notion, put forward by the ruling class, that they were really a part of the middle class. That, coupled with union bosses having become hopelessly intertwined with management, along with laziness on the part of union members, hastened the demise of the Working Class as a viable political force, save for a relatively few, mainly industrial, unions. When unions failed to implement a nationwide general strike in response to moronic Reagan’s firing of the air traffic controllers, it was clear that the Working Class in this country was headed toward its doom.

                In the last presidential election, the Working Class in general did NOT vote for Trump. There were exceptions. Those exceptions included racists (generally registered republicans), those of the lynch-mob mentality, the militia crowd (many of whom are republicans-at-heart who call themselves “libertaryans”) gun nuts, and the Big-Bellied-Biker-Boy (BBBB or 4Bs) minority of idiots (and how anyone can enjoy riding an overweight “bike” that handles like a bulldozer with a broken track is beyond me–and they do it in groups, trying to hog up the whole roadway at that!).

                As you may recall Ms. Clinton, horrid as she is, won the election, by about 3 million votes. Trump was selected through the nondemocratic process–hailed by the slow-witted and the hopelessly ignorant as democracy at its finest–known as the electoral college. Republicans, including Working Class registered Republicans, voted for Trump, as they would have for any cypher running under their party’s lackluster banner. Such as they are lacking almost totally in thinking ability. Sometimes, in not insignificant numbers, they also find themselves under the badly mistaken assumption that the party has ever represented common people. It hasn’t, of course, having been from the beginning, the party of the wealthy rulers, much as republican leaders have lied to the contrary over the many decades of the party’s existence. Some people just are too stupid to learn.

                • Harvey Reading December 27, 2018

                  Oh, and James, your references white Working Class people is very telling … though not surprising to me.

                  • james marmon December 27, 2018

                    We’re being discriminated against for what our great, great, great, great grandfathers might have done. I know that my great grandfather Daniel Loomis was an abolitionist. Went to war with the South at age 14, lost his leg in battle at 16, lived to be 100 and read the bible front to back 7 times. Was running foot races with my mom the day he died. I was not raised to be a racist, stop calling me one.

                  • Harvey Reading December 28, 2018

                    Plenty of live racism in the here and now, James. It is cleverly disguised in certain instances, by some. Open your eyes. Your answer made my point. You know that, don’t you?

  4. Harvey Reading December 27, 2018

    Great cartoon showing our dear leader walking in a prison yard, where he belongs. He should be joined by every living ex-president.

  5. mendoblather December 27, 2018

    He also may have been stoned out of his gourd.

  6. james marmon December 27, 2018


    I loved it when BHAB chair Jan McGourty told the ship of fools that the behavioral health board was in favor of building the Orchard Project but they wanted the operation of the facility to go out to bid. She stated that her group had already submitted copies of their recommendations to the BoS.

    Allman leadership while acting as the Chair

    12 months and nothing except for hiring Kemper and then shit canning his recommendations (strategic plan). Allman only wanted to use kemper’s numbers not his plan which resulted in a complete disaster forcing Angelo to take the bull by the horns at the last meeting. She had finally had enough, she was close to having Schraeder 5150 the whole bunch.

    I’m expecting at least 2 committee members will resign from the circle jerk soon if old howard doesn’t move forward. That’s the only reason they were there in the first place, to vote for it.

    Supervisor McCowen also suggested to the committee that they decide whether or not they’re were going to use Kemper’s Strategic Plan or not. After all the BoS did authorize hiring Kemper for $80,000.00 dollars and counting.

    Allman and his group don’t want the Orchard facility to built first as recommended by Kemper because it would mitigate the need for the old howard facility. A smaller facility at one of the Adventist Health Hospitals would be more than sufficient.

    By the way, there was nothing mentioned in the Measure B ballot that a PHF unit at Old Howard was what they were voting for. The only place that language exists is in the minds of Allman and his walking dead followers.

    BHAB Chair Jan McGourty told me that when they were writing the measure that it was made clear no specific type of facilities was to be added into the language. Place and Type of facilities were left out purposely. She said that there were several heated conversation regarding the language.


    Allman keeps saying the ordinance was for brick and mortar, specifically the old howard.

    Finally it was asked again, and not answered again. Who would own the old howard, is Margie donating the land to the County or will they have to lease or buy the property on top of the remodel. That answer will have to wait until after they authorize the remodel, “we will cross that bridge when we get to it.”

    James Marmon MSW

    • Lazarus December 27, 2018

      It’s becoming painfully obvious of what the game plan was…or is. The fix was definitely in when Measure B first commenced their meetings, but then, after using up at least two meetings to figure out “The Mission Statement”, which, oh, by the way, was also rather obvious, enough of the great unwashed citizenry were aware of what was seemingly about to happen. “Ole Howard Memorial Hospital” was it, and nobody else needs to apply…
      Watching the video was interesting, when Howard’s spokesman answered the question about ownership, and mumbled, “maybe we’ll give it away”, from the tape I saw no visible expressions or heard no audible Oohs or Ahhs, or any other noticeable elations from the anointed ones…
      As a passive-aggressive observer, Howard’s position seems a little desperate, but I suspect they’ll return from the near dead, or were ever the Hell they are before it’s over.
      All this said, my position, which I’m sure nobody associated with Measure B gives a damn about is… It would be much cleaner and smarter to start with a smaller facility, then add what is needed as the situations evolve; but as observers of government presumably know, clean and smart are generally not associated with such…
      As always,

      Who are the two shills?

      • james marmon December 27, 2018

        Diamond and Mertle

      • james marmon December 27, 2018

        The only voices I trust in that bunch is Jan McGourty (BHAB) and Donna Moschetti (NAMI). They both agree that we should follow Kemper’s Strategic Plan and they are both independent of all the other shills on both sides. That’s why McGourty is calling for building the Orchard Facility first but putting its operation out to bid. They both know that the private ASO contractor (RQMC/RCS) is doing a terrible job and they don’t necessarily want to just hand over a more money to the Schraeder’s without more accountability. From all I can tell, they’re in favor of utilizing Adventist Health locked facilities too.

        Adventist Health’s Behavioral Health Department just may want to put in a bid to operate the Orchard Project (unlocked) as well.

        Where’s the money Camille?

        James Marmon MSW

      • james marmon December 27, 2018

        reaction to Allman’s motion to vote on an recommendation to the board to to move forward with the old howard memorial project.

        “Why are we voting for things that we don’t know what we’re voting for?”

        -Carmel Angelo (aka Nurse Ratched)

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